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Impregnated Teen's Parents Sue Orange Co. Schools

Posted June 22, 2007

— Parents of a disabled teenager have filed a lawsuit against the Orange County School System after their daughter became pregnant with a former janitor's baby.

The lawsuit names the Orange County Board of Education, a former principal at Cedar Ridge High School where the teen attended and two of her teachers. They are accused of not watching the girl while she was at school.

Arrest warrants indicate that Adam Eugene Smith, of Hillsborough, had a sexual relationship with the girl from September 2004 to March 2005.

Smith later pleaded guilty to felony sex offense. He is now registered as a sex offender in Hillsborough.


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  • daMoFo Jun 24, 2007

    At Work, how many couples do you know where both people have college degrees and combined do not make $40,000 a year?

    And how is the teacher supposed to know where the kid is if the kid does not come to class?

  • At Work Jun 23, 2007

    I agree that 40,000 a year is good for a teachers pay, like steve said! When you have people over here working two jobs and cant make that much in a year at both they have nothing to complain about. As far as the story goes I do think that there should have been more guidance watching over both of them. Even for the girls saftey the teacher should have none where she was.

  • ladyblue Jun 23, 2007

    This is what happens when everyone screams equality. They want the equal chance for children to get the equal education and opportunities as all equal children. They cannot see the fact that sometimes things cannot be equal. A person who needs constant supervision should not be considered equal to a child who doesn't. Parents don't get it and they have the laws on their side so everytime something happens to them they want to sue. Funny how no ones every sues the one who did the crime, but they go after the places that have the money. I'm sorry teachers have enough on them trying to teach the normal kid and the hard headed ones, finding school supplies that aren't budgeted, and dealing with administrations and parents. Give them a break. Before you bash, no I don't have a mental child, but I do have my opinion. I'd rather know it's in a special smaller area with others such as him/her learning the best it can.

  • Gnathostomata Jun 23, 2007

    Steve..."That is not a bad salary..." What about someone WITH a science degree? Same salary. How about that is the income before taxes, and for 10 month...divide it by 12, take out taxes, take out the cost it takes for renewal credits, time for conferences, committees, purchasing unfunded items that make teaching easier, divide it by the overcrowded classroom, so more papers to grade, more parents to contact, and more responsibility because there are not enough bodies to supervise students during lunch, breaks, before/after school. You have no idea of what the profession entails. And gone are the days when it was an extra source of income for the family to live better than stay-at-home moms...and, Steve, in the beginning, the profession was actually male dominated, better salaried, until females became the chief source of employers. Like soldiers, it is about heart and duty and country, but you can't pay the rent with altruism.

  • daMoFo Jun 23, 2007

    If the school system knew and waited weeks to tell the parents, that is unexcuseable and the school should be nailed. An IEP, however, does not mean a student gets a personal babysistter for the day. It simply means they MAY get modified instruction which can be as simple as more time to do their assignments. I have taught classes where I had 35 students and 25 had an IEP.

    Is this girl was missing classes for months, did her parents not see her report cards and progress reports? Both of those items have a student's absences on them. How could they miss that? Our school system has an automatic call system that calls a student's house anytime they are absent.

    Also, why did the janitor get only probation? If this girl's mental capacity was that low, I would think he would get jail time.

  • JBunny Jun 23, 2007

    "We live in a world where we want all childern with an IQ of 60 to 160 be treated the same" -asifsc

    Right on. That is ABSOLUTELY true. The school might have had a hand in this issue, but all of the blame cannot rest with them alone.

    Another adage - "If you can't feed them, DON'T breed them."

    Reality sucks for some people.

  • Gnathostomata Jun 23, 2007

    Refiman2...Maybe his parents should have talked to him about keeping his pants zipped.

    He was an ADULT, she was a kid, and not capable of making a sound decision. Physically, she was mature, but mentally, not. And the parents were trusting that she was in a safe environment, as most parents assume of school systems.

    There is a definite difference between expectations in relationships. I observed, while teaching in a high school, that some kids are looking for someone who cares for their hearts, while others are looking somewhere else entirely...

  • sweeethng Jun 23, 2007

    Meant $60 - $70,000 Year

  • sweeethng Jun 23, 2007

    Steve Crisp, you just showed how shallow minded you are. I would like to see you make a living on a teachers salary while putting in 14-16 hours a day! Yes, that many hours. My father is a retired teach and I am close friends with several. They do NOT make a lot of money. There are people who get paid more than them right out of college. These people do it because they care about kids, not for the money. Get with reality. I know several husband/wife teachers who pull in a measly $60 - $70 a year. They have second jobs to supplement their income. Oh, we must not forget all the hundreds of dollars the teachers must spend on the students for things they need because some poeple can't afford to buy their kids the things they need in school. This dwindles their income even more. Do we pay our teachers enough??? Absolutely NOT!!!! I challange you and all people like you to try to live on income teachers do. You could survive a single week, much less a day!

  • Refiman2 Jun 23, 2007

    Maybe the parents should talk to their little angel about keeping her thighs closed